Postdoctoral Opportunities

The Department of Pathology anticipates an ongoing need for postdoctoral fellows and seeks applications for positions in the following research areas listed below.


Elaine Bearer, M.D., Ph.D.

A postdoctoral position is available with Prof. Elaine Bearer, MD, PhD. Studies involve a recently funded NIMH grant for a multi-disciplinary study of brain circuitry using MRI, visual-evoked potentials, iontophoretic injections, histologic tracers and computational image analysis of MRI images and behavior videos in transgenic mouse models of human Alzheimer's disease. This project is a collaboration between the Bearer lab at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque and the Jacobs Lab at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. This study grew out of a collaboration between Russ Jacobs, Art Toga and Elaine Bearer using endogenous axonal transport mechanisms to track anatomical connections in the CNS using combined approaches (Bearer et al. PNAS 2006; Bearer et al NeuroImage 2007a and 2007b; Bearer et al NeuroImage, 2009).

The post-doctoral associate will be involved in all aspects of the study, but may select an area for focus. Preference will be given to those with a PhD in imaging (either optical imaging applications and technology or magnetic resonance imaging), transgenic mouse models, and/or computational engineering and digital image analysis.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, pathology, biology, etc. and experience with at least the following: molecular biology, programming in Matlab and R or Python. Experience with statistics and programming experience is preferred. Training opportunities include methylation analysis, bioinformatics, quantitative analyses, computational analyses.

An ideal candidate would be:

  • A team player who shares knowledge with lab members
  • A collaborator who is confident interacting with researchers from other disciplines
  • An effective communicator who will contribute to a focused and hard-working lab environment
  • Creative, motivated, collaborative, and optimistic, with a strong desire to impact human health

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a result of a major expansion which led to a 10-fold increase in NIH-funded research, UNM-HSC hosts an NCI-designated Cancer Center, a Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), a Spatio-Temporal Modeling Center, a Brain and Behavior Health Institute (which is getting a Bruker 7T system, thanks to funding from an NIH S10 award (S10 OD021598), and an NIH Roadmap-funded high throughput molecular screening center. World-class shared facilities include flow cytometry, microscopy, genomics and bioinformatics. Nearby institutions include the UNM main campus including Departments of Biology and Chemistry and School of Engineering and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs which fuel many projects related to engineering or requiring massive computing power.

Albuquerque is in the high desert, between 5,000 and 6,000 ft above sea level and offers an outstanding arid climate with over 300 sunny days per year. It was recently ranked by Kiplinger magazine as #3 amongst 50 smart places to live in the U.S. and offers nearby hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, fly fishing and many other outdoor activities.

To apply please send CV and the names of two references to Kevin Reagan, Dr. Bearer’s Research and Admin Assistant ( For more information regarding our research: Bearer Research and Scholarly Projects

Ras-Related GTPases in Trafficking, Stem Cell Biology and as Cancer Therapeutic Targets

Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral positions may be available in our interdisciplinary research group to work on: 1) Rab GTPases in the coordinate regulation of signaling and endocytic membrane trafficking; 2) Rac GTPases as therapeutic targets in cancer; 3) stem cells in kidney regenerative medicine and as therapeutic targets in cancer. Our laboratory utilizes integrated, state of the art approaches to tackle these questions, employing advanced microscopic imaging, quantitative flow cytometric assays, and protein biochemistry. Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. in biology or life sciences. Experience in cell and molecular biology, and protein biochemistry are encouraged.

US citizens with an interest in Biomedical Research are encouraged to review postdoctoral opportunities through the Academic Science Education and Research Training (ASERT) program. ASERT is a K12 Institutional Research and Careeer Development Award (IRACDA) fellowship program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences that aims to increase diversity and prepare recent PhD graduates for academic careers through formalized training in research and education. Wandinger-Ness serves as the PI and research program director with education director Dr. Sherry Rogers. Applications are due annually March 01 with start date of September 01.

Signal Transduction, Innovative Imaging, Systems Biology

Bridget Wilson, Ph.D., Diane Lidke, Ph.D.

Positions may be available in signaling group consisting of two senior faculty and aligned graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technicians, depending on funding. This is a multi-disciplinary group, with projects in 1) IgE receptor-mediated signaling and membrane topography; 2) Abnormal tyrosine kinase signaling associated with carcinogenesis/leukemogenesis and 3) computational modeling of cell signaling in spatio-temporal context. Minimum requirement: Ph.D. in immunology, cell or computational biology. Experience in the analysis of receptor-mediated signaling pathways using genetic, biochemical and/or high resolution microscopy techniques desired. For current opportunities, see: